“There’s a big movement … to change what people do in their yards,” says Peter Groffman, ecosystems professor at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, referring to the use of lawn fertilizer. Fertilizer contains nutrients like nitrogen which washes into waterways, hurting aquatic life. Flower-growing homeowners’ habits may change, Groffman says, if they can keep “the benefits” of having a lawn.
Subcommittee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Subcommittee on Investment, Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
Materials science research needs more minority students and teachers, says City College Chemistry Professor Maria Tamargo, who with colleagues won a $5 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant to create a center to diversify the field of discovering and designing new materials. Recruiting and preparing diverse students and creating a master’s program are part of the strategy to bring more minority students to CUNY’s Ph.D. programs.
The difference between a human and a naked mole rat? Genetically, not much, says College of Staten Island Associate Professor Dan McCloskey, whose focus is social neuroscience. Thirty-five million years ago mole rats started to burrow underground, leading to a social system in which a queen did most of the breeding and the rest of the animals worked. “Re-creating a day in the life” of these mole rats can teach us more about humans and the brain, McCloskey says.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, November 16, 2016.
Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Subcommittee on Audit, November 7, 2016.
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 02, 2016.
In his report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken commented on several budgetary matters, including the University’s annual budget request and a first time, 4-year financial plan. Designed to support the University’s 4-year master plan, Chancellor Milliken said this year’s budget request “reflects our priorities for educating hundreds of thousand of students—supporting their success and helping them launch the careers that will uplift their families in the city and state.”
The Chancellor also updated the Board on new leadership for City College and said he expects the appointment of an interim president, “to happen in the very near future.”
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, October 26, 2016.
Nobody seems to like brown grease, but if you heat it up enough, you’ve got something, says Medgar Evers College assistant chemistry professor Lawrence Pratt: an alternative source of fuel. “Someday petroleum will run out,” he says, and food waste heated to 350 celsius and above is a potential replacement. “We can’t continually rely only on fossil fuels.” Pratt and his compatriots at Medgar Evers College experiment with heated brown food grease. “This stuff does not come from coal, petroleum or natural gas,” says Pratt. “It comes from waste. We need energy from algae. We need solar, we need wind,” he says.